Galerie frank elbaz is pleased to present a selection of historical works by Croatian artist Julije Knifer. This presentation echoes the artist’s retrospective at the Neue Galerie Graz, Austria: Uncompromising (December 8, 2020 - August 22, 2021).
Julije Knifer (1924-2004) is today largely recognised as one of the most prominent Croatian painters of the 20th Century. One of the founding members of the 1960s Croatian avant-garde group Gorgona, his oeuvre is centralised over the exploration of a single form – the meander, which started in the late 1950s and later developed into the single central point of his artistic production.
The artist arrived at the meander whilst searching for the utter reduction of all expressive elements. In art iconography, the winding meander of the river has been used since the earliest artistic production and is considered a synonym for the eternal flow of life; however, to Knifer the meander was a key to a world in which chronology had no meaning, and a way of creating works that were beyond their singular self, but part of a group of works that he continued to paint until the very last days of life.
In addition to the Julije Knifer exhibition, the gallery presents an audio work by artist Anne Le Troter on their website, unveiled during Paris Gallery Weekend.
Anne Le Troter, Pornoplante, 2021 - Audio work, 15 min
Available on the frank elbaz gallery website from June 3, 2021.
Anne Le Troter's Pornoplante is a 15-minute audio work that draws on the genre of audio porn, sound erotica and ASMR. It was during a residency in 2020 that the artist began to write about the form that plant sexuality can take. Her sound piece could be, thereafter, transmitted to sites dedicated to audio porn.
The frank elbaz gallery opened its doors in 2002 in Paris.
Since its creation, it has contributed to the influence of French (Davide Balula, Bernard Piffaretti) and American (Jay DeFeo, Sheila Hicks, William Leavitt, Ari Marcopoulos, Mungo Thomson, Blair Thurman) artists. The gallery is also interested in the Japanese scene with Kaz Oshiro and Taro Shinoda. Thanks to its collaboration with Julije Knifer, it has also opened up to the conceptual scene in Zagreb. By supporting emerging artists, it demonstrates its constant interest in young creation.
Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili • Sheila Hicks • Davide Balula • Léo Chesneau • Blair Thurman • Ari Marcopoulos • Bernard Piffaretti • Ja’Tovia Gary • Kaz Oshiro • Michael Horsky • Anne Le Troter • Taro Shinoda • William Leavitt • Julije Knifer • Stefan Rinck • Madeleine Roger-Lacan • Bojan Sarcevic • Mungo Thomson • Jay DeFeo • Mungo Thomson • Mangelos • Jean-Michel Atlan • Tomislav Gotovac • Wallace Berman • Gunter Damisch • Dmitri Prigov